The MC Student Tornado Relief Project found little left of the John Paschen farm in Monticello, Ind., on April 23, 1974.

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On ladder, David Yeatter, College treasurer and business manager, helped re-roof the Ed Sollars home near Monticello after the April 1974 tornado.

Cleaning fields at the Earl Hebner
farm near Monticello after an April 1974 tornado. That's John Lahman
standing behind the truck, and
Scott Garrett '76x perched on
the rear of the truck.

About 100 area college students helped clean up the Tom Hughes farm after a 1974 tornado.

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Enrollment surges are “old hat” at Manchester College. In the ’40s, fully a quarter of the student body was comprised of veterans returning from World War II, overwhelming North Manchester with their need for housing for their spouses and growing young families.

The College contracted with the U.S. government for 25 pressed-wood trailers, each barely 7 feet wide and 21½-feet short. The GI-gray homes had two small couches, an oil heater, a gas stove and an “ice” refrigerator.

The trailers were parked down the slope on the east edge of campus,
alongside a cornfield. Today, that space is filled by East Hall, which
underwent enlistment of some of its retired rooms last summer to
accommodate another enrollment surge.

East, built in 1956, and also expanded to accommodate more students, today is home to 155 women and 33 men. But that’s another story.

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Steadfast, with fresh footprints
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Making a difference, naturally Everybody pitches in

It’s academic: Students come first
This faculty is fully engaged, in a new gen ed curriculum and experiences – side-by-side with students

The Manchester Fund
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Endowing lasting lessons
“Dave’s Boys” honor their friend and mentor with a scholarship

Philanthropy 101
Alumni teachers make $700,000 bequest

Profiles of ability and conviction


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